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Obama congratulates new speaker

President Barack Obama has called with congratulations for winning control of the House, incoming House Speaker John Boehner has said.

During what Mr Boehner described as a brief but pleasant midnight conversation, the two discussed working together on priorities for Americans.

Mr Boehner said he told the President that the people expect them to cut spending and create jobs.

Mr Boehner described the call in a statement.

Earlier in the evening, Mr Boehner and other Republicans said they were eager to work with Mr Obama - on their terms.

Republicans have said they want to cut 100 billion US dollars in the first year and try to roll back Mr Obama's overhauls of health care and financial regulations.

A White House statement said the President also called Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who will remain in the minority but lead a strengthened Republican caucus.

In his calls to the Republicans, the President said he was looking forward to working with them to "find common ground, move the country forward and get things done for the American people".

Current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and current House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer also received calls from Mr Obama.


From Belfast Telegraph